In the digital age, technology role in business transformation is becoming more and more significant. Many transformation initiatives are heavily dependent on technology enablement. In order to support the business transformation agenda, IT leaders have two challenges; readying the operations and developing the needed IT capability. Continue reading “Is Your IT Ready to Support Transformation?”
Motivating employees is a key leadership attribute. Hence, when morale is flagging, leaders take to the podium to deliver an inspiring speech and hope for the best. The question one may ask is ‘Is this effective? Are there better ways of inspiring staff?’
An article by Professor Adam Grant(*) suggests that it is often more effective for the leaders to ‘outsource inspiration’ to those people, who benefit from the organisations products and services – the end users. This recognises the power of leaders’ actions to speak louder than their words. By relating to end users, leaders help bring more meaning to the work and employees understand their contributions. Continue reading “Outsorcing Inspiration”
In the increasingly digital world, the pace of change, of both technology and business, is accelerating. The speed at which businesses need to respond is also increasing. Most IT functions are stuck in the first gear. They are just not able to keep up. Many businesses are side-lining IT during digital projects. Continue reading “Get a Second Gear for your IT!”
Mobile technologies have become the most rapidly adopted technology in the history. Mobile technologies are changing lives everywhere. Globally, the mobile technologies have become a main engine of economic growth. High R&D, declining costs and explosion in available applications is driving this growth.
“Mobile penetration is increasing, the costs of access and devices are coming down, and more and more people in both developed and developing economies are using the mobile Internet as their first—and often their only—means of going online.”
In a recent TED talk by BCGs Yves Morieux suggested six simple rules to manage complexity and improve agility and effectiveness. These rules are worth sharing. The world is getting increasingly complex. There are more demands from customers, shareholders and regulators. There is ever-increasing competition. The change is occurring faster and it is getting difficult to create value. Organisations typically respond by adding more rules, structures and scorecards. This, in, turn just increases complexity and makes it harder for the staff to actually do the work. Managers often spend 40% of time writing reports and the remaining time in coordination meeting of one type or another. They often have several performance criteria to meet. Boston Consulting Group (BCG) complexity index has gone sixfold since 1955. Continue reading “Six simple rules to manage complexity”
Decision-making is what leaders and managers do in the business everyday. Good decisions help the organisations become successful. In the information age, despite all the resources and information available to managers, they often make poor decisions.
There are many reasons why bad decisions are made. Managers think of major decisions as choices they must make. The thinking is ‘great men make great decisions’. In making their choices, they rely on their experience, preferences and judgement. While these are necessary, they are not enough to make sure that good decisions are made time and again. There are many ‘decision traps’ that managers fall into. To avoid these traps, one needs to treat decision-making as a process and not just a choice. Like all work, when there are right people, tools and processes are brought to bear, the results can be consistently good. Continue reading “On Making Good Decisions”